Key West’s island atmosphere and astonishing sunsets make it the ideal destination for a romantic getaway. Several restaurants, bars and activities keep couples on a honeymoon or anniversary in mind. But even if you're just looking to take a few days off with the love of your life, this weekend-long guide promises romance and quality time with your sweetie.
When shopping for a hotel in Old Town, it is difficult to get away from the tourist hustle and bustle. But the cozy inns and quiet B&Bs of Key West offer a more intimate experience away from the crowds. The Gardens Hotel offers lush, picture-perfect gardens and high-end accommodations on a peaceful side street. It's ideal for a romantic getaway.
Wind & Wine cruise — Photo courtesy of Danger Charters
After check-in, head down to the Custom House museum, where Danger Charters' historic schooners are docked to whisk visitors away on the Wind & Wine Sunset Sail. Fine wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres are served as the sun sets slowly beneath the horizon.
After the sun sets, make your way down Duval Street to the Little Room Jazz Club, a new cocktail lounge that showcases talented jazz and blues musicians nightly.
In the morning, grab a light breakfast at Le Creperie, a French café that serves irresistible crepes, omelets and paninis. Or ‒ if you choose to sleep in ‒ try brunch at Pepe’s outdoor café.
For some time in the sun, visit Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and soak in some rays on this pristine sand beach. Grab a drink or light snack at the beachfront café before heading to the Key West Lighthouse for sweeping views of the island.
Alternatively, those seeking more adventurous activities should book a scuba or snorkeling tour with one of Key West’s numerous outfitters. The waters surrounding the islands offer some of the most stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life, as well as shipwrecks waiting to be explored.
For an elegant evening out, try Martin’s. This sophisticated Key West restaurant that has been serving guests for more than 20 years. The formal dining room in Martin's showcases a crystal chandelier, upscale decor and hand-crafted gold-metal wallpaper, while the menu consists of international dishes and local seafood specialties.
Hold off on ordering desert and save that sweet surprise for another popular venue: Better Than Sex.
Whitte-chocolate glasses at Better Than Sex — Photo courtesy of Better Than Sex
You’ll need advance reservations, but the seductive atmosphere and tantalizing desserts like red velvet cheesecake, chocolate truffles and banana cream tortes set the mood for the remainder of the evening.
Before checkout, consider trying paddleboard yoga – a refreshing way to start the morning and an ideal send-off after a quick weekend vacation in Key West.